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Flash floods sent cars floating down Main Street Sunday, while first responders rescued dozens of people trapped in buildings swamped by water.

Only a week earlier, Mr. Kittleman announced improved flood-warning systems for Ellicott City in a press conference where he was joined by officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service.

Before this weekend's natural disaster, Ellicott City citizens were still trying to recover from the 2016 flood, which caused millions of dollars in damage. "They are receiving those calls from people who terrified, who are looking for help, who are looking for guidance", he said.

Hermond had been at a restaurant Sunday helping to celebrate the owner's birthday. "I couldn't imagine what they went through two years ago, and now it's even worse".

Rescuers are searching for Eddison Alexander Hermond, 39, of Severn, who reported missing to Howard County police about 12:30 a.m. Monday. The agency added that water had risen above the first floor of buildings in some areas and that it had received reports of building collapses.

It is the same street devastated by flash flooding in July 2016.

Simon Cortes, owner of La Palapa Grill & Cantina, said it's "a awful time", and his business took on about a foot (30 centimeters) of water.

Kittleman said the missing man was in his 40s and was not a resident of the historic district.

For now, the Main Street area remained blocked off Monday, even to residents and business owners, as teams of authorities and engineers surveyed the heartbreaking mess.

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman said Monday morning that his priorities are finding the missing man and assessing the condition of buildings that house shops, restaurants and families.

Officials said Monday afternoon that almost 300 people were rescued. No fatalities or missing people were reported.

"It's significantly higher than it was before,"Jessica Ur, a server at Ellicott City's Pure Wine Cafe told The Baltimore Sun".

Between 24 and 30 emergency rescues took place, including stranded individuals and water rescues.